Refreshing Rivers

Working with landholders to improve waterway health across the Murray-Riverina region of New South Wales

Improve our waterways for current and future generations

Our waterways have enormous ecological, cultural and economic significance, and are the lifeblood of our land and communities. They are vital to agriculture and to the survival of threatened plants and animals. The Refreshing Rivers Program is working with more than 1,600 landholders to improve waterway health across the Murray-Riverina region.

Coordinated approach

Be a part of a coordinated effort to improve waterway health, truly driven by local community values. Your input shapes local Waterway Management Plans and actions.

Personalised support

Get personalised support from Project Officers to identify the best opportunities for your property and diversify your income.

Rewards for your actions

Be rewarded for the actions you already take and will take in the future to protect and enhance waterways.

Learn about Refreshing Rivers - a collaborative 10-year program to improve catchment management and waterway health across the Murray-Riverina region of NSW.

Let's Make a Difference Together

Together we can coordinate our efforts and make a much greater impact, while enjoying the social benefits. Download our Refreshing Rivers fact sheet to see the many ways in which we can collaborate and make a difference.


Take action in your Target Area

We are working with landholders in the Murray-Riverina region of New South Wales (NSW) across three Target Areas: Central Billabong, Upper Billabong and the Riverina Highlands.

Click on the map to visit your region and find out how you can get involved in improving waterway health.

Visit the Target Area pages to find out more:

Discover the natural value of your land!

Book your free Natural Capital Profile with the Refreshing Rivers team

Recognising and valuing your farm’s natural assets is a great first step towards making informed farm management decisions that can improve your productivity and profitability while also promoting biodiversity and the health of waterways on your property.

The Refreshing Rivers Program is offering a free service to work with landholders to better understand natural capital on their property.

Come along to a Refreshing Rivers event

See All Events

April 23, 2024

Cultural Heritage In the Paddock

A paddock walk is being held at Brungle next week to understand more about the different types of indigenous culture that can be found on farms.


April 21, 2024

Womens Yarning Circle

Creating a welcoming environment the "Women's Yarning Circle" event is for women of the Central Billabong to gather, collaborate, be creative, share stories (cultural, Indigenous and other), and lunch on the banks of the Billabong Creek near Jerilderie.


March 8, 2024

Wetland Field Day at "Hartwood"

Join us for an evening wetland walk, talk and free bbq dinner. Friday March 8th 2024 5.30 pm - 8.30 pm Topics include: aquatic and riparian vegetation, environmental water in the Yanco Creek System, wetland fish, bats and rakali, frog identification and spotlight


January 23, 2024

Something Fishy Going On

2 school holiday events were recently held on Morleys Creek and Nimbo Creek as part of a Kids Fishcare event.


Talk to one of our Project Officers

Central Billabong

Andrea Mitchell

0419 841 834

Upper Billabong

Kylie Durant

0418 198 522

Riverina Highlands

Cherie White

0427 407 126

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The Refreshing Rivers Program is a collaboration between government, industry, research, and community organisations, led by Local Land Services. This Program has been assisted by the New South Wales Government through its Environmental Trust.

The Refreshing Rivers Program works on Country that always was and always will be Aboriginal land. We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land and waters, and we pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

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